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Chesapeake Energy Suspends Drilling Across Pennsylvania After Massive Spill, Evacuations in Northeast PA

It's Earth Day - and almost a year to the date of the BP oil spill. Are we going to let the same thing happen here?


Drilling fluid gushes from northern Pa. gas well

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press – Wed Apr 20, 7:22 pm ET

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A blowout at a natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water Wednesday, contaminating a stream and leading officials to ask seven families who live nearby to evacuate as crews struggled to stop the gusher.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. lost control of the well site near Canton, in Bradford County, around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Tainted water flowed from the site all day Wednesday, though by the mid-afternoon, workers had managed to divert the extremely salty water away from the stream.

No injuries were reported, and there was no explosion or fire.

Question about prison reentry program

Is there a way for consumers and b2b to support businesses and non-profits that participate as employers in the RISE and PREP programs? (prisoner reentry)

(Here's the website about the program: http://www.phila.gov/reentry/
There are lots of nonprofits that do it too: http://www.prisonsociety.org/progs/reentry.shtml and more)

The tax credit is already on the books but is there a way to reward the participating employers from the consumer perspective? I think that would very be meaningful.

I know privacy is a huge concern here, but just wondering if there is a way.


On Being a Casino Slayer, By Dan Hunter

Dan Hunter organized CFP for 3.5 years and is now writing a book about it. I am reposting his excellent reaction post from Casino Free's website. I am also posting here also the timelines of the casino fight that Dan talks about so you can look that them yourself and compare:

Casino Free Philadelphia's timeline of the anti-casino fight is here.
The version the Inquirer posted is here.

A must read.


On Being a Casino Slayer
By Daniel Hunter
Dec. 17, 2010


If Philadelphia stays home on Nov. 2, we all lose out. With all of the causes we fight for, voter turnout on Tuesday, Nov. 2, will determine where we stand going forward.

Come out to our non-partisan, 501c3 phone bank THIS WEEK and call infrequent Philadelphia voters.

Voters are 12.5 percent more likely to vote every time they're asked.

Sign up today!

This Tuesday, 5:30 - 9 - PA Voice Phonebank with Equality PA, NOW, Accion Democratia, PA Budget and Policy, Action United, PennPIRG, the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and a million more fun acronyms coming soon

This Wednesday, 5:30 - 9 - Environmental Phonebank - Call Green Voters! - with Conservation PA

This Saturday, 11 - 3 - with Vote for Homes and lots of awesome costumes

This Sunday, 11 - 3

Monday night, Nov. 1 - Election Day Eve! 5:30- 9

All at: Solutions for Progress (dinner provided)
728 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania...You have a gas problem.

I'm sorry to be the one that brings this up, but... Pennsylvania: You have a gas problem.

I'm probably not the only one that's noticed the layer of rock a mile deep in the earth under you, filled with little bubbles of....well, to put it politely, "natural gas.”

And I'm probably not the only one that's noticed that there are multiple gas companies with heavy pollution records drilling mile-deep holes to crack that rock open with chemicals that cause nerve damage and leukemia and kidney damage...which are now beginning to leak into our waterways.

I’m sorry. But it’s a problem, and we can’t really ignore it anymore.

It's not just the pollution… it’s also the quantity. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection expects that over the next 10 years, the state will be punctured with 30,000 of these unslightly drill wells, which each suck 2-5 million gallons of water from our rivers to let the gas out!

Oct. 16: Statewide Conference on the Marcellus Shale

You are invited: a conference for community groups, activists, and homeowners who are concerned about effects of drilling in the Marcellus Shale, and particularly what the effects would be on Philadelphia's drinking water supply, urban gardens, forests, parks, and rivers.

Penn's Woods and the Gas Rush
Saturday, October 16, 2010
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Open to the public

The lack of regulation and oversight on natural gas drilling has left us with little protection against the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in our state. Penn Action and Conservation PA are convening this conference so that we can share knowledge and learn how to make our individual and collective voices heard in the Marcellus Shale debate.

Guest Blogger: Sue Kerr on Dan Onorato

Disclosure: Hannah is working/volunteering/something for the Hoeffel campaign

Intro: A little while ago I reached out to some bloggers in Pittsburgh to get perspectives on the Westerners running for governor, since they are so unknown here. Sue Kerr of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents wrote this inspiring and very well reported piece cross posted from PAProgressive.com below.

It is certainly timely. This morning, the Pennsylvania State Senate will be voting on whether to write discrimination against love into our state constitution, and so I think today provides an excellent opportunity to think about how we, living in a world which still denies the basic humanity, dignity, and beauty of millions of our friends and neighbors, can pursue justice in all our political decisions - especially, as Sue notes, in choosing those individuals to whom we, the people, lend power.


The Pittsburgh Queer Perspective on Dan Onorato

This is a guest article by Sue Kerr of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents.

I've been asked by progressives in Eastern PA to contribute a guest blog post. So I'm going to share the queer perspective on Dan Onorato you might not hear from the gay Onorato supporters who have the resources to travel across the state to attend house parties.

For the past four years I've been blogging about Pittsburgh's LGBTQ community at Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents. I cover political, cultural, and a wide range of general interest topics. I've contributed to Pam's House Blend and Lez Get Real. I recently spearheaded the second "Blog for Equality" around yet another attempt to amend Pennsylvania's constitution to protect marriage for the LGBTQ community (as I write this, the outcome of the Judiciary Committee vote is yet unknown). Over 20 bloggers, gay and straight alike, contributed thoughts both political and personal on an issue that resonates across the Commonwealth.

VoicesWeb Interview with Joe Hoeffel, Democrat for Governor


Joe Hoeffel, Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor speaks to Voices
Submitted by voicesweb on March 9, 2010 - 3:37pm
by Jordan Toronto

In mid-February, Voices had an exclusive interview with Joe Hoeffel, a Democratic candidate running for Governor of Pennsylvania. Hoeffel has served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Pennsylvania’s 13th district, and is currently vice-chair for the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

The paragraphs summarize the views expressed by Hoeffel in portions of the interview that are not directly quoted. They are not the options of Voices or of the writer.

Joe Hoeffel can see why voters are scared, in this unstable economy, but believes that makes it all the more important for the democrats in office to step up to the challenge.

Corporate Censorship of Political Speech and Organizing Online

On Friday, the Media and Democracy Coalition stood with SEIU, the Teamsters, UFCW, Healthcare for America Now, small business owners, Greenpeace, PennEnvironment, AFSCME, Change to Win, the Sierra Club, and many other groups in denouncing the regressive policies of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at its meeting in Philadelphia.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been fighting healthcare reform, climate change legislation, and President Obama's attempt to guarantee freedom of speech and freedom of expression online. I spoke of the growing threat from the giant corporations like Comcast that control the Internet to our freedom of speech online, and the need to make net neutrality the law.

One stimulus proposal that was different.

This was originally a comment on the thread about the Daily News articles criticizing the way the city has approached the stimulus proposals in the ARRA.

I wanted to repost this as a standalone because I believe this was one instance of Philadelphia getting it right.


This year I had the honor of working with Media Mobilizing Project (www.mediamobilizing.org) in their successful efforts at organizing the Digital Justice Coalition, a citywide coalition of Philadelphians ranging from PhillyFIGHT to SEIU to the Taxi Workers Union to the Public School Notebook, to come together to address the city’s digital divide (one of the worst in the nation.)

Will the Birthplace of Democracy Kill Freedom on the Internet?

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, of Erie.

This is almost impossible to believe - but it's actually true.

About a month ago, the Obama administration announced its intent to write policy that would protect, by law, the freedom that has allowed the Internet to grow and flourish.

It's no joke that such protection is needed. Repression of the Internet by the corporations that control it has already started.

Last month, Apple told a healthcare reform group that they wouldn't carry a healthcare reform app on their AT&T network for 30 million iPhones because it was "politically charged"...

...two years ago, it was Verizon refusing to transmit text messages from NARAL Pro-choice America.

Some background on Joe Hoeffel

This is an outdated bio of Joe Hoeffel (from his Senate race against Specter, i think, and it stops there) from ourcampaigns.com, that I am cut and pasting here because it should provide some useful background about his history in Southeast PA.

What is truly remarkable, and you should keep this in mind when you read it, is that Joe Hoeffel has served his entire political career in majority Republican districts.


Candidate: Hoeffel, Joseph Merril
Website: www.friendsofjoehoeffel.com
Affiliation Democratic
Address 1908 Lycoming Avenue
Abington, Pennsylvania 19001-1106, United States
Email info@hoeffelforsenate.com
Born September 03, 1950

Info Congressman Joe Hoeffel is a Democratic Member of Congress from Pennsylvania's 13th District. Hoeffel is a member of the International Relations Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

What You Can Do About the Budget Problem (one or both of them)

You can go to this rally below.

You can also call or email Jennine Miller at Project Home to help her organize and drive turnout and phone calls and all that good stuff. Jennine Miller jmiller@projecthome.org or 215.232.7272. Project HOME don't stop!

Please post other activities....


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Essential Services

Lest Ye Forget the Tale of the Zombie Budget

A couple of weeks ago I got an impassioned email plea from a group called Save Our Safety Net. “The Washington city budget faces massive cuts that would do the worst damage to the poorest members of our community!” it said. “Call council and say that the city needs to raise taxes!”

The email had a laundry list of, indeed, last-ditch social service organizations that keep people from literally dying on the streets. It was horrible. So I, barely in the city a couple of months, did what I was supposed to do: went to the rally, lobbied city council. I signed the petition.

“You know, I just moved here from Philly,” I told one of the organizers. “We just went through this. Same horror movie: lost revenue, no political will to raise taxes, and so on.”

“How did it turn out?”

Our Chance to Build a City Where Everyone has Internet Access

From The Daily News
The Internet for Everyone
By Todd Wolfson of Media Mobilizing Project and Hannah Sassaman of the Digital Justice Coalition

PHILADELPHIA is lining up for a race with a big prize - tens of millions in stimulus money to expand Internet access. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has authorized $7.2 billion for broadband programs, with everything from tricking out community centers with high-speed lines to mapping broadband availability already on the table as fundable programs.

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